Often referring to itself as "The #1 Video-Game Tips Magazine," Tips & Tricks was known for its strategy guides or walkthroughs for contemporary console and portable games. Each issue also included an index of button codes and passwords, alphabetized by game title and sorted by console. The magazine was also noteworthy for its "lifestyle" content, in which a particular aspect of video-game culture would be discussed at length by a regular columnist. Some of these were devoted to a specific game or game series (e.g. Armored Core, Pokémon, Halo, Animal Crossing), while others spotlighted video game-related action figures, comics, music and movies.
Tips & Tricks originated as a spinoff from the monthly "Tips & Tricks" section in VideoGames & Computer Entertainment magazine. Due to the fact that VideoGames & Computer Entertainment itself grew out of the monthly "Video Game Digest" column in A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing magazine, Tips & Tricks was technically the longest-running publication in a succession of related magazines that originated with the first issue of A.N.A.L.O.G. in January of 1981 - nine months before the publication of Electronic Games and Computer & Video Games, which are generally considered to be the world's first video-game magazines. When the final issue of Tips & Tricks Codebook appeared on newsstands in February of 2011, it marked the end of a series of print magazines that had covered the video-game industry for 30 consecutive years.